Monday, 6 June 2016

Beaky Malone World's Greatest Liar by Barry Hutchison, illustrated by Katie Abey

Theo heaved his bag higher on his shoulder and shot me a doubting look. 
"You don't believe me, do you?" I said.
He shook his head. 'That you've been asked to go on an expedition to the North Pole?" he snorted. 'No, Beaky, not really."

Published by Stripes Publishing in June 2011
185 pages
Illustrated by Katie Abey

Summary
Dylan Malone, aka Beaky, has a habit for telling porkies - every time he opens his mouth, out pops a whopper... But then, his long-suffering sister shoves him into the truth-telling machine at Madame Shirley's Marvellous Emporium of Peculiarities. Now Beaky can't tell a lie - not even a teeny-weeny one - and a truth-telling Beaky is even worse...
*****
Oh my goodness! I can't remember the last time I laughed so much at a book. Seriously gut-busting, classic Hutchison humour. 
I know Barry Hutchison is amazing as scary books too, but his comical stories are always my favourite. I love his sense of humour. It's the type of book, that you could read a second time and still laugh in all the same places.
I adore Beaky Malone and his family already. They are your typical family, yet they are bursting with humour. And Beaky definitely takes the spot as my No 1 funniest character from now on. He's hilarious when he's lying and he's side splitting when he's telling the truth. With a touch of Jim Carrey's Liar Liar and a smidgeon of Tom Hank's Big, this book  is uproarious! 
Katie Abey's illustrations really capture Barry Hutchison's humour. She draws the pictures the way I would imagine Barry seeing them. 
Reluctant readers will love this book. Kids will be desperate for more Beaky Malone,when they finish reading it and I will be pushing them all out of the way so I can get the next book first!
 If you're looking for a rib tickling read, then this is the book for you. 


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